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Army to use MIMOSA Specifications in Equipment Diagnostics Program

The Machinery Information Management Open Systems Alliance (MIMOSA) announces a major commitment by the U.S. Army Test, Measurement and Diagnostic Equipment Program Management Office (PM-TMDE) to the MIMOSA open, industry-driven specifications for maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) information integration.

The military group has officially committed to using MIMOSA based specifications when developing its future At-Platform Maintenance Information Interfaces. Patrick J. Stevens, PM-TMDE Deputy Product Manager, made the official commitment at the Army Diagnostic Improvement Program Integrated Process Team (ADIP-IPT) Meeting #16 held in Warren, Michigan on July 17, 2001.

The At-Platform Maintenance Information Interface is the data interface between Army equipment (tanks, helicopters, etc.) and any device or system directly communicating with it for the exchange of Condition Based Maintenance (CBM) related information.

In order to fulfil this commitment, PM-TMDE and its interface implementation contractor(s) will partner with MIMOSA to develop a set of MIMOSA Compliant interface specifications that are optimized for a mobile/fleet management environment. The PM-TMDE has established an Army MIMOSA Implementation Integrated Program Team as an internal coordinating body for Army program offices and support contractors. MIMOSA will establish an appropriate sub-committee to facilitate broad industry participation in the effort. The Army is targeting a one-year time frame for initial operational capability. The resulting set of interface specifications will become part of the growing MIMOSA family of asset management related information integration specifications.

PM-TMDE, the organization responsible for management of the Army's Diagnostics Improvement Program (ADIP), is responsible for developing the On-Platform and Near-Platform Diagnostic and Prognostic Information Technology solutions for the Army. In making the official announcement, Stevens stated that PM-TMDE had elected to utilize the MIMOSA based approach after searching for their best option to enable an open, industry-driven solution for their information integration needs.

MIMOSA, a trade association for the MRO solutions industry, advocates and develops information integration specifications to enable open, industry-driven, integrated solutions for managing complex, high-value assets. Further information can be obtained from MIMOSA President Alan T. Johnston (atjohn@mimosa.org) or from the association's web site www.mimosa.org.